Burma’s government is loosening its grip on the school system, but education officials at the local level say most decisions are still made from above.
Starting next month, the Rangoon Division government will prohibit the use of the Toyota pickup trucks for passenger transport in Burma’s commercial capital.
Three activists in Burma are prevented from appearing at an event in Mandalay, after Buddhist monks protested their inclusion on the roster of scheduled speakers.
A group of 30 civil society and ethnic organizations are concerned data collected on ethnicity in the upcoming census could be used for political gain.
Burma’s Ministry of Culture is planning to seek official Unesco recognition of a Bagan-era stone inscription.
Government troops are protecting a huge raw stone found by a small-scale miner in Hpakant, home to some of the world’s best jade.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and the former student leaders’ group say they want to use “people power” to first change the rules about how Burma’s Constitution can be amended.
Thousands of people celebrate their heritage in southeastern Burma, with ethnic leaders reiterating support for peace talks while also remaining apprehensive.
Karen National Liberation Army Commander in Chief Gen Saw Johnny tells The Irrawaddy that Burma’s ethnic groups must continue to cooperate in ceasefire talks with the government.
Preservation works for the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung Monastery, one of Mandalay’s most iconic historical structures, officially begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Burma’s National Human Rights Commission and Médecins Sans Frontières dispute the latter’s statement that it treated 22 people injured during recent violence in Arakan State.
Burma police have charged five journalists with “disclosing state secrets” after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reports.
Education officials from the United States travel to Rangoon to tout what they say are growing opportunities for Burmese students to enroll at American universities.
Aung Soe Min has been encouraging Rangoon’s lovebirds to consider a less tradition gift to mark Valentine’s Day this year.
The former wife of Thailand’s ex-prime minister pays a visit to one of Burma’s most famous astrologers during a recent trip to the country.
Japan is providing US$22 million in grants to finance Asian Development Bank programs aimed at rural poverty reduction and improving HIV/Aids care in Burma.
The Irrawaddy Literary Festival gets a bumpy start, with a last-minute venue change after organizers were denied permission to hold the event at Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Journalists say the Burma government is imposing new visa restrictions that will make it difficult for them to remain based in the country full time.
The International Crisis Group calls on the Burma government and the United Nations to remove “needlessly antagonistic and divisive” questions from the census next month.
An ethnic Kachin leader says the Burma Army killed several rebels and seized an outpost near KIA headquarters during an attack on Union Day.